STATEMENT FROM CWA ON GOVERNOR’S ANNOUNCEMENT

Earlier this year, CWA engaged in a process that will save the state more than $1 billion a year in health care costs without lowering the cost of care or simply forcing workers to pay more. We bargained these savings with the Governor where we could, and we worked with him to identify savings in other areas where we are not able to bargain them.

Following that, Governor Murphy made a very reasonable budget proposal: The $1 billion in savings would be met with $500 million in new revenue, and New Jersey’s unlimited corporate welfare programs would be reformed. It was a proposal that valued fairness and fiscal responsibility, and one that would put New Jersey on a path to fiscal health.

Our members responded with enthusiastic support. CWA members made over 12,000 calls to members of the New Jersey legislature to support the Governor’s budget, including a millionaire’s tax. Members met with legislators all over the state to talk about how a decade of tax cuts for the wealthy have impacted their families and the services they provide. And thousands showed up at the State House demanding a millionaire’s tax.

We are disappointed that the legislature would not support this plan. They were more than willing to accept the health care savings we achieved, but they were not willing to ask the super wealthy, who have been showered with tax cuts for a decade, to pay a tiny bit more. And following months of news of corruption and self-dealing in New Jersey’s corporate incentive programs, they shockingly voted to just extend those programs.

We welcome and support Governor Murphy’s decision to not shut state government down. And while we are disappointed the legislature is not joining the Governor, we enthusiastically look forward to joining him in his commitment to restoring balance and fairness to the New Jersey budget.

Finally, we could not be more proud of our members. Despite a decade of cuts in staffing levels that have left departments depleted, despite unending and vile attacks from the Senate President, our members continue to provide exceptional services for the people of New Jersey. They work around the clock and in all conditions in every corner of our state. We look forward to standing shoulder to shoulder with them to continue to make New Jersey a great place to live.

CWA STATEMENT ON RATIFYING EXECUTIVE BRANCH CONTRACT WITH STATE OF NEW JERSEY

For Immediate Release: Wed, March 20th, 2019
Contact: Joshua Henne – 732-407-5938 

CWA STATEMENT ON RATIFYING EXECUTIVE BRANCH CONTRACT WITH STATE OF NEW JERSEY

(Trenton, NJ) – The Communications Workers of America, AFL-CIO has ratified its Executive Branch contract with the State of New Jersey. The Tentative Agreement was completed on March 4, 2019, and Union members completed ratification of the Contract on March 20, 2019.  The contract was ratified 96% yes, 4% no.    The CWA State Worker Contract is the largest collective bargaining agreement in the State of New Jersey in both the public and private sector.

The Term of the Agreement is from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2023.  The Agreement includes across the board increases of 2% each year, all Step increments, bonuses paid to those not receiving increments, and a new health plan that changes the way employees pay premium share from the “Chapter 78 schedule” passed by the Legislature in 2011, to a percentage of pay, lowering employee health benefit premium share for the first time in 8 years, and providing significant savings to the State of New Jersey at the same time.  The contract also includes changes that streamline, protect and articulate due process rights, job security, and other language matters determining terms and conditions of employment.

The Union side of the Bargaining Committee was:  John Rose, President Local 1031, Patrick Kavanagh, President Local 1032, Gaye Palmer, President Local 1033, Adam Liebtag, President Local 1036, Ken McNamara, President Local 1037, Shawn Ludwig, President Local 1038, Carolyn Wade, President Local 1040, Dennis Trainor, Vice President District 1, Hetty Rosenstein, New Jersey Director, Steven P. Weissman, Attorney, Weissman & Mintz.

“We are proud to announce that our contract was overwhelmingly ratified,” said CWA NJ Director Hetty Rosenstein. “It is a fair agreement. Once again, we’ve proven that Collective Bargaining and Workers Rights are at the core of American Democracy.  When the parties negotiate in good faith the results are always better, more long lasting, and of greater value than when they are not bargained.  I want to thank our incredibly dedicated Local Presidents and Dennis Trainor, the Vice President of District 1 – the greatest District in the greatest Union. I also wish to thank our brilliant attorney, Steve Weissman, for his extraordinary work. And I must acknowledge the good faith and hard work of the Management Team representing Governor Phil Murphy, including the Staff of the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations and James McGovern and Jennifer Roselli from the law firm of Genova Burns.   This Contract could not have been successfully negotiated without the deep commitment and the long hours of everyone involved.“

We remember our brother, Gerry Horgan CWA Local 1103 Chief Steward.

Today we remember our brother, CWA LOCAL 1103 Chief Steward Gerry Horgan. Gerry, remembered as “natural born leader” and “the epitome of what a union representative should be,” was killed on this day 30 years ago while on the picket line, fighting alongside his CWA brothers and sisters for healthcare benefits in the 1989 strike against NYNEX.

If you’ve ever asked yourself why we wear red on Thursdays, it started for Gerry – at his funeral a line of CWAers wearing red stretched for a mile along the route to the church, and members began wearing red on Thursdays to honor and remember Gerry, a tradition that has spread throughout the country and continued to this day. #CWASTRONG #IfItsThursdayWeWearRed

General Membership Meeting 9/26

Join us at or CWA Local 1033 General Membership Meeting on September 26, 2019 at the Patriots Theater at the Trenton War Memorial.  Dinner will be served, meeting starts at 4:30PM

CWA Local 1033 Annual BBQ – Aug. 25, 2019

 

CWA LOCAL 1033 MEMBERS ANNUAL BBQ

JOIN YOUR UNION BROTHERS AND SISTERS FOR A FUN FILLED DAY

Black Bear Lake Picnics & Events
457 Stage Coach RoadMillstone Township, NJ 08510
Sunday, August 25, 2019
1:00PM – 6:00PM


  • 3 Heated Sized Olympic Pools
  • Double Swirling Slides
  • Bear Slide for Younger Guests
  • Full Lifeguard Supervision (Towels Provided Poolside for Guests)
  • Giant Lake Waterpark
  • Paddle Boats on 5 Acre Private Lake
  • Tiki Beach with Lounge Chairs
  • Sports Fields & Courts with all equipment provided including – Basketball, Tennis, Beach Volleyball, Kickball, Horseshoes & more!
  • Outdoor Laser Tag 
  • 24’ Rock Climbing Wall 
  • Pirate Playland 
  • Digital Photo Service
  • M5 Bungee Trampoline 
  • DJ & Team Games 
  • Face Painting 
  • Caricaturist Artist 
  • Air Brush Tattoos
  • Strolling Magician 
  • PLENTY OF GREAT FOOD 
  • BEAUTIFUL GROUNDS 
  • AND MORE!

TICKETS:

Local 1033 Members / Retirees – $10.00

Guests (4 Maximum):
     (Age 13 and Over) – $20.00
     Children 5 through 12 – $15.00
     Children 4 and under – Free


Members must have valid ID to pick up their tickets between 8:30am – 5:00pm now through August 19th at:

CWA Local 1033 Headquarters,
321 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 08618

The office will remain open until 6:00 PM on Friday, August 16th & Monday, August 19th
**MEMBERS MUST PICK UP THEIR OWN TICKETS**  Absolutely NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AFTER Monday, August 19th or at the DOOR the DAY of the Event.  You MUST have YOUR ticket to enter.

Questions? Call the office at 609-394-7725


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General Membership Meeting 7/25

Join us at our CWA Local 1033 General Membership Meeting on July 25, 2019 at the Patriots Theater at the War Memorial in Trenton.  Meeting starts at 4:30 PM Dinner will be served.

NO STATE WORKER SHUTDOWN!

The Governor has announced that there will NOT be a Shut Down of State Services.

He will make a formal announcement and provide information on the budget resolution on Sunday and we will send out a notice of those details when we have it.

A Statement from CWA will go out and be on our website shortly.

Thank you for your amazing work and solidarity during this budget season.

Our members were incredible, making over 12,000 phone calls and turning out thousands of members to legislative meetings and to rallies.

We are so proud.

In Solidarity,

John Rose, President Local 1031
Patrick Kavanagh, President Local 1032
Gaye Palmer, President Local 1033
Adam Liebtag, President Local 1036
Ken McNamara, President Local 1037
Shawn Ludwig, President Local 1038
Carolyn Wade, President Local 1040
Hetty Rosenstein, NJ Area Director
Dennis Trainor, District 1 Vice President

CWA NJ SHUTDOWN DOCUMENTS & RESOURCES

UPDATE 6/27/19: NO STATE WORKER SHUT DOWN!  The Governor has announced that there will NOT be a Shut Down of State Services. Click here for more info.


The legislature passed a budget that is not sound and may result in a state shutdown!  Click here for more information.

If there is a shutdown and we are locked out, you must follow the instructions given to your CWA Shop Steward.   All members who are locked out must report to one of the Shutdown Locations during the lockout. Please speak with your shop steward for instructions.

To receive up to the minute information, please sign up for text messages by texting the word NJBUDGET to 69866.  Msg & Data Rates May Apply, See Terms & Conditions.

WANT TO HELP STOP THE LOCKOUT?! – call 855-620-8460.  The number will ask you to put in your zip code to be connected to your legislators. We are asking our members to make the call THREE times to speak to both of their state assembly members and their state senator. Tell them to negotiate a budget with a millionaire’s tax, and stop supporting a corrupt Economic Development Authority (EDA) program that is costing our state billions!


SHUTDOWN LOCATION SIGNUP

If State is Shutdown report to these locations at 10:00 AM – 12 Noon

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP ONLINE

MATERIALS AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD:

Make the Call to your Legislators leaflet 10,000 calls (*new* – negotiate a budget with a millionaire’s tax, and stop supporting a corrupt EDA program that is costing our state billions) Click here to download.

SHOP STEWARD DOCUMENTS:

CWA NJ Shop Steward Master List Shut Down Location Sign Up Sheet Click here to download.

Why the Budget Bill passed by the Legislature is Dangerous for Public Workers, Services, and New Jersey (one-page overview) Click here to download.

Why the Budget Bill Padded by the Legislature is Dangerous for Public Workers, Services, and New Jersey (two-page Shop Steward document)   Click here to download.

Economic Development Authority (EDA) Corporate Tax Incentive Programs – What is happening with NJ’s corporate tax incentive programs? (Shop Steward resource) Click here to download.

FY20 Budget Overview & EDA Reform – Why the Legislature’s actions are dangerous for public workers, services, and NJ (Shop Steward Resource) Click here to download.

TEXT NJBUDGET to 69866

TEXT NJBUDGET to 69866

Receive alert texts about the state budget and shutdown.  Periodic msgs.  Reply STOP to quit, HELP for info.  Msg & Data Rates May Apply, See Terms & Conditions.

CWA New Jersey June 13 Rally | CWA New Jersey

CWA New Jersey June 13 Rally | CWA New Jersey
— Read on cwanj.org/june13/

Join us Thursday June 13th for a rally that NJ Deserves! Protect your pension! Protect your healthcare! Demand an end to corporate welfare and attacks on critical state services.

CWA Local 1033 General Membership Meeting 5/23/19

Join us at our CWA Local 1033 General Membership Meeting 5/23/19 at the Trenton War Memorial at 4:30 PM.  Dinner will be served.